Archive | September 2018

Not Just About Selena Williams’ Behavior On Court-It’s About Power

The story about Selena Williams’ so-called “outburst” on court is saturating the Internet. The most recent “retaliation” by officials was that tennis umpires are saying they want to create a union for themselves, as well as threatening to boycott Ms. Williams’ games. Wow-are these umpires adults or kids? No, I forget, most are probably white.

This tells me one thing: this isn’t only about Selena Williams-it’s about power. Power usually proceeds from envy (they may not like a black woman being so dominant in their “white” game), or another way to put it she’s a stereotype threat to them. And she’s probably not going away soon.

The fact that Selena Williams had the balls to use the “S” (sexism) word was more of a stop-sign-‘thus far and no further’ was her statement.

I think the best way to view this is that a black woman in a “white supremacist” world of sport-culture-no, excuse me, it’s about her asserting her own power.

The other thing that bothers me about this incident, is when is not the time to assert that your Civil Rights are being taken advantage of, or suppressed. In this case, the umpire suppressed Selena by “stealing” points from her, as she saw it, that caused her the game. I mean, please, the time to do it was when it happened, and Serena followed-through on this.

So, if folks are getting their panties in a wad-tough shit! I mean, we still do have Civil Rights in this nation, don’t we? copyright:christopherbearbeam_09142018

copyright:christopherbearbeam September 14, 2018

Do you really want a Supreme Court Justice you can’t trust?

I know I sure don’t-I certainly don’t want one (whoever it is) that slips from the facts too often, which makes me think, he’s easy with them, and he’s like a banana-slip from hell-away and many of you may feel a similar way.

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, and I hope he isn’t, he will be on the Supreme Court a long time, and, of course, play a major role as a Civil Rights arbiter for an un-predestined time.

According to an editorial in today’s New York Times, that incidentally was titled Brent Kavanaugh can’t be trusted, they write, “But his ideological agenda is well-known, which is precisely why he’s been on Republican Supreme Court short-list for the last decade. That agenda includes, for starters, a well-established hostility to women’s reproductive rights and a stunningly expansive view of presidential power and impunity” (NYT, 9/8/2018, p. A20).

Trump has been playing that role model for immunity. If someone dissents with him, he gets on Twitter and says they’re disloyal to the United State’s government, and then that person is put on Trump’s own personal dissenter-list. Being paranoid, he takes a lot of things to the extreme-“I don’t trust these people-everyone’s out to get me!” Hello?

Going back to his two main “platforms,” God, those are his two main “platforms,” so to speak, on which he would stand as a judge? May the gods help us!-if you’re a woman how can you trust this man’s legal judgments on the civil rights you have to control your own body, and choose what methods or means you’d like to use it for. Sisters, if we vote for this man, it’ll be on our own body politic. And it might be laid out on a table.

What pisses me off the most is that he’s a freakin,’ damn-liar. In the hearings this week, again according to the New York Times (ibid.), his feet were held to the fire by the Dems with good, strong questioning. And their statements, corroborated by documented evidence, and many emails where Kavanaugh had told the committee that he wasn’t involved in what they were referring to, only to find out that he implicates himself in the emails he sent.

Maybe the most damaging emails were part of the collection of impounded docs. We don’t know. They don’t want us to know.

The other bigger piece that hasn’t really been perused is the question of why the Trump Administration requested that many documents on Kavanaugh be excluded from the hearings. Why? What’s the reason or motive? Of course, we’ll never hear or see an answer.

OK, do any of you trust a liar, who would sit on the Supreme Court in his august, black robes-yes, in the primary institution that has to be “truthful” to Democracy, to the Constitution, to the Laws of the Land, the values & ethos we have as a nation, i.e., we sometimes forget this one, so shame on us, that’s composed of all equal people, as it’s written on paper?

All the people who’ve been created are equal (oh, are we letting in the women now?) under the law (that is every single one of us), so do you or I really want this kind of legalistic Houdini on the Supreme Court, making far-reaching decisions that may have far-reaching effects in our lives, then, being an escape artist, waffling on his answers in some hearing or court case, or fearful of facing the public? Well, damn it, I don’t! Not me!

So, let’s get packin.’ Let’s bring some heat to their fried toes. Think of ways to reach out to your House Representatives & Senators, other local politicians, anyone you think might have some way to magnify our power so we insure that Brett Kavanaugh is never appointed to the Supreme Court. Assert your reasons powerfully-the power’s already inside you. And thank you for doing that!

One last word: one of Kavanaugh’s “platforms” was to expand the power of the president and his immunity. If I didn’t think I was a little un-sane, this may clinch it. What does he possibly mean by that, and does he feel he should play a role in this aggregious idea, if it’s an affirmative assertion?

There have been trends that this Administration never was a Republican thing. Rather, it may be a Neo-Fascism thing, because, as a nation, we’ve been mindlessly taking on this Fascist mind-set or consciousness for some time now, and that appears to have primarily been a Trump-stimulated mode of political rhetoric. Ad nauseum. Ad nauseum. Ad nauseum.

copyright:christopherbearbeam September 8, 2018